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March 7, 2014

Still reeling from its 2013 end-of-year data breaches, Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) is busy reassuring shareholders, investors and even congress that it has everything under control but what about the customers including those affected by the data breaches? Besides months away, “better” anti-fraud technology and credit monitoring services, has Target replaced any of its policies that got it into this mess in the first place?

Here are three ways Target can make a bad situation better.

Target, your local DMV?

December 13, 2012

Saturday December 8th – 10am: Mike Tidwell, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), greeted a roomful of concerned citizens at the University of Baltimore.  The event they were attending was called Drilling Down: A Conference on Fracking Risks and Action in Maryland.  In the school&rsquo

April 13, 2012

While the nation's capital continued its usual lead in office space construction, another surprise quarter occurred with the Maryland National Capital region leading the surrounding region.

According to March data from the Bethesda, Mid-Atlantic regional office of Transwestern and its research subsidiary, Alexandria-based Delta Associates, there was an estimated 7,204,726 square feet of office space under construction or reconstruction in the D.C. area.

March 2, 2012

After publishing our previous article on the preparedness of Maryland's Securities Division last week, we were finally contacted by the department and was able to get some answers about how the State was handling the upcoming rules change. We spoke with Melanie Senter Lubin, Securities Commissioner in the Securities Division at Maryland's Office of the Attorney General for our Q&A session.

February 24, 2012

Approximately five weeks before March 30thdeadline for mid-size Investment Advisory firms to deregister with the SEC and register with their principal states.  Both DC and VA encouraged their Investment adviser registrants to begin their process early; in order to avoid the rush, and address any issues that may arise.  Our initial plan was to bring you news from all three areas; DC, VA and MD.  However, several attempts to contact Maryland Securities Division were unsuccessful in landing an interview with either Deputy Commissioner, Dale Cantone or Melanie Sente

December 20, 2011

Kaizen Karate Teaches The Japanese Concept for Health and self-Improvement

Preparations for the New Year begin as self-reflection and determination of future goals come to mind. Ultimately we might ask: "How do I improve upon myself?".

Viran Ranasinghe has meditated on these words many times. As the founder of Kaizen Karate, Viran or “Coach V,” has made it his mission to teach his students how to build a stronger sense of self.

December 13, 2011
The D.C. area was a contender for the relocation but didn't make the short list

The highly watched Sears headquarters relocation is likely to be decided by the end of the year and with no move at all coming from the nation's fourth largest retailer.

September 12, 2011

One of the largest purchases of any company in the last few weeks was announced today by Maryland-Based Colfax Corporation.

Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX) has made a global purchase by acquiring Ireland-based Charter International plc (LON: CHTR, LSE: CHTR).

September 6, 2011

Baltimore-based Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA) rose passed $68 a share in afternoon trading, subsequent to staying below Friday's close for most of the trading day. Many local stocks were in negative territory during the September 6th trading session continuing a downward trend from Friday's overall session slump based on virtually zero job creation in the U.S. economy. The markets were closed on September 5th in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.

August 25, 2011

No one knows more about wasteful spending than the government, and healthcare is on top of most people’s list when it comes to wasteful spending. Since 2009 the focus has shifted towards bringing down the cost of healthcare spending.

August 23, 2011

An earthquake of 5.8 magnitude was felt in the D.C. area.

The earthquake epicenter is said to be in the Fredericksburg area.

Earthquake Details From the USGS

·         This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.


August 19, 2011

Virginia and Maryland were amongst the 28 states that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said had their jobless rates increase in July 2011. Along with D.C., the jurisdictions with jobless rate increases totaled 29.

The bureau also said nine states had rate decreases and 13 had virtually zero change in their unemployment rate.

But Maryland and Virginia posted small rate increases while the District of Columbia showed a rate change that was much higher than in June 2011.

August 12, 2011

After huge swings in the stock market over the last several days, management at companies in the area find it a good time to stock up

AvalonBay Communities, Inc.  (NYSE:AVB),  Chairman of the Board, Bryce Blair, accumulated almost 18,000 shares through various transactions between the August 9th and 10th.

All-in-all the Chairman of one of the largest multifamily developers in the D.C. area, made transactions (acquiring and disposing) totaling 35,800 shares of Arlington-based AvalonBay stock and got in as low as $48.60.

August 9, 2011

Rockville-based Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRIT) (NYSE: WRE) is aiming for a higher quality portfolio to appease shareholders.

The 16 property industrial portfolio will be dumped through deals consisting of five separate transactions totaling $350 Million—to be completed by the end of the year.

August 2, 2011

The proposed merger deal between Baltimore based Constellation Energy and Chicago based Exelon Corporation is still being relentlessly pursued. The merger is planned to close in the first quarter of 2012.

Exelon Corporation released slides reinforcing the merger at presentation during a supplier meeting.

The combined company would have an estimated market value of $35 Billion, a total customer base of 6.6 Million in 44 states and Washington, D.C. The customer base would be supplied over 35,671 megawatts.

June 16, 2011

Despite recession, several Maryland Biotechs turn a profit

Biotechnology firms have been reported to be hard hit by the recent recession; struggling to stay afloat amid a dearth of venture capital funding and and lack of new drugs selling on the market. The Biotech industry is often pigeonholed as frail, cash strapped and high risk; spending years on research to develop drugs but often ending with failure and bankruptcy.

But in Maryland it's a different story. Several biotech firms have achieved profitability for their full fiscal year and some of them for the first time in the midst of a troubled U.S. economy.

June 25, 2015

It's that time of the year again for one of the most anticipated state business rankings lists. CNBC has released its annual list of “America's Top States for Business” in 2015. States are ranked under ten categories and only one will be victorious. The top state on the list came as a surprise to many, Minnesota jumped from the number six spot in last year's list to become the number one state to conduct business in 2015.

February 17, 2015

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan stated during his first state of state address, that there is a mass exodus of tax payers, packing their bags and moving to other states. “Our economy is floundering, and too many Marylanders have been struggling just to get by,”… “We’ve had the largest mass exodus of taxpayers fleeing our state, of any state in our region and one of the worst in the nation.” said Governor Hogan.

February 16, 2015

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan stated during his first state of state address, that there is a mass exodus of tax payers, packing their bags and moving to other states. “Our economy is floundering, and too many Marylanders have been struggling just to get by,”… “We’ve had the largest mass exodus of taxpayers fleeing our state, of any state in our region and one of the worst in the nation.” said Governor Hogan.

December 29, 2014

The Washington Post’s Capital Business section released its Post 200 mid-month. The local business report includes a variety of lists, ranking local companies in the D.C. area (and part of the Baltimore area as well) from largest by industry to largest by revenue for example.

February 21, 2014

The Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had a total of 22,498,353 commercial passengers flow through its gates in 2013 making it – once again – the busiest airport in the Washington, D.C. area.

February 19, 2014

Fulton, Maryland-based Colfax Corporation (NYSE:CFX) has made another large acquisition; less than three years after purchasing Charter International PLC in September 2011 for $2.4 billion.

June 29, 2012

Columbia-based chemical maker W. R. Grace & Co.(NYSE:GRA), President and CEO made the following stock transaction on June 28, 2012.

Alfred E. Festa acquired of 162,000 common stock shares under an Employee Stock Option (right to buy) plan and transaction code A (Grant, award or other acquisition pursuant to Rule 16b-3(d)). The conversion or exercise price of derivative security was $48.45. The expiration date is June 28, 2017.

May 29, 2012

Fulton, Maryland-based Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX), has taken interest in another foreign mechanical technology supplier after the acquisition of Charter international which has propelled the companies quarterly revenues to figures approaching $1 billion.

The manufacturing and engineering company said it would pay $235 million for Soldex S.A, a welding products supplier based in the South American country of Peru. Soldex has manufacturing plants in Lima, Peru and Bogota, Colombia.